The management of the New York Rangers has finally removed any excuses and made it very clear—it's time to win the Cup.
Any indication of them holding back is out the window.
Management is ready to win. It's up to the players and coaching staff to make it happen.
How has management made it clear that they're all in?
Read on to find out.
The Rangers made it clear when they acquired Rick Nash that they were ready to go for the Cup.
The Rangers had flirted with acquiring Rick Nash for some time.
The price was always too high.
But management knew that the Rangers needed someone of his caliber.
So they pulled the trigger.
They had to part with talented players—Brandon Dubinsky, Artem Anisimov, Tim Erixon—but they recognized that in order to acquire great players, you have to give up something.
In his early tenure with the Rangers, Nash has been fantastic. He has two goals and five assists and is part of a top line that is completely and utterly dominating opponents.
Without Nash, the Rangers would not be in a position to win a Cup.
With Nash, they are.
Management realized this and did what it had to do.
By trading for Nash, it was made very clear to the rest of the team—we did our part, now go do yours.
Taylor Pyatt has been a fantastic addition for the Rangers.
The Rangers lost Brandon Prust, Ruslan Fedetenko, Brandon Dubinsky and Artem Anisimov in the offseason.
You can't keep everybody—it's impossible.
The only thing you can do is try to replace them.
The Rangers have done a good job of that.
They brought in Taylor Pyatt, Jeff Halpern, Benn Ferriero and Arron Asham.
The best of those four has been Pyatt.
Originally pegged as a third-liner, Pyatt has found his way onto the second line and second power-play units. So far, he has three goals.
Halpern has been a valuable penalty killer and has essentially replaced Ruslan Fedetenko straight up.
Ferriero, an in-season addition, has been a spark plug as a grinding winger. Asham has provided toughness and is willing to drop the gloves.
The Rangers could've sat back and hoped that some young players would fill the roles of the departed.
They chose to be proactive.
Doing that continues to send a message to the players that any excuses are gone.
Madison Square Garden is undergoing renovations that are set to be completed before the 2013-2014 season.
A world-class team needs a world-class arena.
That's not to say that the old MSG was a dump—it wasn't. But, they're upgrading sight lines and widening concourses.
All moves to bring the arena into the 21st century.
Management has given the Rangers a venue that makes them feel like kings.
With these upgrades, management can truly say that it has done all it can for the team.
It's just up to the team to produce.